Couldn’t get tickets to Toro Y Moi’s sold-out show at the Rock & Roll Hotel? Head to Sweetgreen on P Street during your lunch break Thursday and catch a free performance. 1 PM.
For your weekly dose of foreign films, head to the Letelier Theater Thursday for a screening of L’Autre Monde (Black Heaven). The French thriller, directed by Gilles Marchand, follows a young couple who get sucked into a dark video game. 7 PM; $9.
Enjoy Thursday’s 70-degree forecast at Puro Cafe in Georgetown, where April’s Breeze Patio Party kicks off the drinking-al-fresco season. There’ll be a vintage-fashion show, a photo exhibit with music by Donald Syriani, and a performance by Sheena Alexis. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Doors open at 7. $10.
“Mapping,” the latest exhibit at Carroll Square Gallery (975 F St., NW), is on display through June 3, featuring cartography-themed works by artists such as Dahlia Elsayed and Carol Barton. An opening reception is Thursday from 6 to 8. Free.
Thursday is pay-what-you-can night at DC Improv, where you can catch a comedy show for next to nothing. This week’s headliner is Bobby Slayton, known for appearances on The Tonight Show and HBO. Doors open at 6:30; the show starts at 8.
If cherry-blossom fatigue has yet to set in, play hooky Friday and check out DC Day at the Petal Fest and Performance Stage at the Ronald Reagan Building’s Woodrow Wilson Plaza. A long list of performers is slated to appear, including Alison Carney, Christylez Bacon & Urban Artistry, and Chuck Brown. Noon to 8. Free.
Author Howard Jacobsen is reading from and signing copies of The Finkler Question at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue Thursday evening. The novel won the 2010 Man Booker Prize. Buy tickets ($10) from TicketFly. 7 PM.
Catch the 1954 sci-fi classic Creature From the Black Lagoon at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Thursday, where it screens in conjunction with the ongoing Alexis Rockman exhibit. 6:30. Free.
Restore: Japan, a fundraiser for the Japanese Red Cross Society, takes place Thursday at the Lamont Bishop Gallery. The exhibit features 32 local artists. 7 to 11. $10 suggested donation.
The National Air and Space Museum is opening its public observatory Thursday night for stargazing. You can use one of the professional telescopes to pick out the night’s constellations. 9 to 10. Free.
ArtFest 2011, a weeklong group showcase at Hendry House (2411 N. 24th St., Arlington), sponsored by the Arlington Artists Alliance, kicks off with an opening reception Friday from 6 to 8. There’ll be refreshments and a chance to meet the artists who are displaying their work. Free.
Everybody is Irish Thursday at Policy, where all-you-can-drink Guinness is $5 from 8 to 10. The bar is also offering deals on Irish Car Bombs and Jameson. No cover.
Head to Arlington Cinema ’N’ Drafthouse Thursday evening for a special St. Patrick’s Day screening of the modern cult classic the Boondock Saints. 7:15p; $5.50.
The monthly comedy show “Cool Dudes Hanging Out” is at Velvet Lounge Friday. The lineup includes the Tonight Show’s Nikki Glaser and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’s Sara Schaefer. 7 PM; $5.
Australian musician and DJ Beni, who’s slated to release his debut album this year, spins at DC9’s Liberation Dance Party Friday at 9 PM; $8.
Barry Lindley’s “Water Marks,” a new exhibit of the artist’s watercolor landscapes, is on view at Art League gallery through April 4. Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30, there’s an opening reception from, where you can meet the artist. Free.
L’Alliance Française is hosting a screening of L’Arnacoeur (The Heartbreaker) at the Letelier Theater Thursday evening. Starring Johnny Depp’s longtime flame, Vanessa Paradis, the 2010 French comedy tells the story of a man who seduces young women out of their unhealthy relationships. Call 202-234-7911 to make a reservation. The film starts at 7. $9.
Learn about the Washington Post’s Katharine Graham when the National Portrait Gallery’s Face-to-Face talk focuses on the legendary newspaper publisher and hostess. It’s held in conjunction with the “One Life: Katharine Graham” exhibit. 6 PM; free.
Story League, a new storytelling group cofounded by Washingtonian contributing editor Cathy Alter, gives its first performance Thursday. “Sins of Youth,” featuring local writers, actors, standup comics, and others is at the Black Fox Lounge (1723 Connecticut Ave., NW) at 8. Buy tickets ($7) through Brown Paper Tickets.
Esben and the Witch perform at Red Palace Thursday along with Wise Blood and Last Tide. Buy tickets ($10) from TicketAlternative. They’re also available for $12 at the door. 8 PM.
There’s a benefit for Fashion for Paws, an offshoot of the Washington Humane Society, at L2 Lounge in Georgetown this Thursday. Standup comics Karen Lange and Jessica Brodkin are performing and giving improv lessons, and there will be refreshments. 8 to midnight; $10 suggested donation.
Baltimore trio Double Dagger heads to the District this Thursday, where they’re playing at the Black Cat along with Imperial China and Tiny Bombs. 8:30 PM; $8.
American University’s Rude Mechanicals troupe performs Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, reimagined in a 1950s setting, Thursday evening. It’s at the university’s Kreeger Recital Hall (4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW). 8 PM; $5.
Boston trio Dear Havanah, on tour to promote its new album, The Whole Way Home, performs at the Red Palace Thursday. Nicky Egan & the Majority and Do It to Julia also appear. The show starts at 8:30. Buy tickets ($10) from Ticket Alternative.
The National Museum of African Art’s North African Film Festival continues Thursday with a screening of Raja, the story of a 19-year-old orphan who befriends a wealthy Westerner. 7 to 9. Free.
Alt-electronica group the Twelves is performing at U Street Music Hall Thursday, along with Autorock and Mr. Bonkerz. 10 PM. $10.
“Resonant Forms,” a new exhibit featuring art by Alonzo Davis, Martha Jackson-Jarvis, and Frank Smith, opens at the Brentwood Arts Exchange (3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood) this weekend. The gallery is throwing a reception for the show Friday at 5. Free.
Cartoonist Nick Galifianakis—yes, he’s related to The Hangover scene-stealer Zach—is signing copies of If You Loved Me, You’d Think This Was Cute at Politics and Prose Friday. The book features cartoons that illustrated the Washington Post’s advice guru Carolyn Hax’s columns. 7 PM. Free.